Benefits of Planting a Fall Garden

written by EcoScraps Staff

Now that many of the early spring crops have been harvested and production of the summer crops are in full swing, it’s time to begin your fall garden.

Many vegetables commonly planted in the spring also grow well in the fall.  Fall gardens are planted in late July and August when it is often hot and when warm season crops are being harvested.

Although this season of year doesn’t seem a desirable time for planting, fall weather provides the perfect conditions for fall vegetable crops to thrive!

Top eight excellent reasons to start your fall garden:

  • Extend the season for fresh vegetables after warm season crops cease to bear
  • Crops mature when cool weather favors crispness, sweet flavor, and other desirable quality characteristics
  • Supplies from winter producing areas usually are not plentiful, so price may be high
  • Fall vegetables require relatively small space and can be planted in an area formerly used for an earlier crop
  • Seeds germinate quickly in the warm soil and weeds are less a problem
  • Most fall vegetables are quick growing and, depending on type and variety, are ready for harvest in four to nine weeks from sowing
  • There usually is more time available to enjoy a fall garden
  • Fall vegetables are nutritious and low in calories

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What should I plant in the fall? Check out this great site!

Happy gardening!

- Written by: Dr. Jim Hruskoci -